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Waitara, New Zealand. Antique engraving after J.R. Ashton c1888.

Waitara, New Zealand. Antique engraving after J.R. Ashton c1888.

by Ashton, Julian Rossi

Antique print c1888, of a view of Waitara, northeast of New Plymouth in the Taranaki region of the North Island of New Zealand.

Original wood engraving after the sketch by J.R. Ashton for Picturesque Atlas of Australasia which provides us today with a wonderful overview of the discovery, settlement and development of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands, with engravings of early views of these regions. Picturesque Atlas of Australasia was published in Sydney between 1886 and 1888 to commemorate 100 years since European settlement in Australia at Port Jackson (Sydney). This series of topographical illustrations were among the finest engravings of the period.

Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) was an artist and art teacher who was highly influential in the artistic development of Australia. Born in Surrey, England, Ashton was the elder son of a wealthy American, Thomas Briggs Ashton, and his wife Henrietta who was the daughter of Count Carlo Rossi, a Sardinian diplomat. Ashton came to Australia with his wife and son in 1878, and worked as an illustrator and art teacher. From 1886 he taught art in Sydney, and was responsible for widely spreading interest in and appreciation of art in Australia. From 1935 his Sydney school was known as the Julian Ashton School (of Art), and it still exists today.

This lovely little engraving measures 80 x 177mm. It has been mounted in 'antique white' conservation mattboard, ready for framing, and covered. The external size of the mount for framing is 215 x 310mm.

Stock Number: apNZg69Price: $88.00

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